The Pink Embrace Collection by Total Beauty

Who knew Pink Could Be So Powerful?
 
Give the gift of life with the new Pink Embrace Collection. Featuring an array of the season's best natural, organic & other beauty products (over $55 value) for only $24.99.
 
Now you can get a 15% discount off of this collection from 10/18 - 11/8 by entering code PINK15 at checkout.

 
 
The Pink Embrace Collection by Total Beauty includes:
 
  • Living Nature- Precious Lipstick - Full size $33.50
  • Dove- Go Sleeveless Deodorant - Full size  $4.79
  • EVOLVh Shampoo - Travel Size $7
  • EVOLVh Conditioner - Travel Size $8
  • Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream - Sample
  • LaLiciuos- Vanilla Body Butter - Sample
  • Primavera- Calming Moisture Cream - Sample
Over $55 Value + Free Shipping for $24.99!

 A Percentage of Proceeds will be donated to Triple Step Toward the Cure. Get it now & start giving.
 
 
To win this collection, don't forget to enter my giveaway here. 




Total Beauty Collection for HSN

Oh how I love this review! I had the opportunity to review all the products in the Total Beauty Collection for HSN.  Yes, the HSN!  I am such a big fan of both Total Beauty and HSN so I was super excited to try out all these products.


The Total Beauty Collection for HSN includes:



The Total Beauty Collection for HSN will be released October 31, 2013 and on November 13th, HSN will air a 24-hour LIVE on air event. 

Here are my thoughts on each of the products included in the Total Beauty Collection for HSN:

Benefit The POREfessional Pore Primer:  This is the perfect primer for someone will normal to oily skin.  It goes on smoothly and makes a nice matte finish before adding foundation,  You can also use it over your makeup to touch up problems areas.  It definitely made my makeup stay put and last through a 12 hour day at work.  Working with men in a high stress position doesn't leave me much time to touch up my makeup so this is a perfect option for women on the go. 

Perlier Shea Butter Hand Cream:  I have to admit that I used this on my hands after using the Serious Skincare Glycolic Gommage Exfoliating Facial on my hands.  I couldn't help using it on my dry, aging hands.  The summer really took a toll on my hands and this was just what the doctor ordered! I used it on my left hand just to tell a difference and it really did look smoother and younger than my right hand.  I will be using this in my purse at work after washing my hands twenty time a day.  Germ freak alert!

Serious Skincare Glycolic Gommage Exfoliating Facial:  This stuff is amazing!  The cream comes out and its light gray like a ash based cream and has a grainy feel.  I used it on my face first, then hands.  It left my face feeling smooth and actually moisturized like I didn't need to add facial cream.  That rarely happens to me living in the desert.  I will use this once every 3 days as a pick me up to brighten my skin and keep the dryness at bay. 

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara:  I have my staple mascaras but I am always looking for something newer and better.  I am a big fan of Too Faced products and this one is a hit.  The applicator was nice and had tons of bristles the way I like.  It made my eyes look like a Broadway star in the hit Chicago!  I was really impressed with how much volume I could get and also that the mascara didn't cake up like some do.  Another great thing, it was long lasting and did not flake throughout the day. 

Elysee YouthSpan Enviro-Shield Tinted Veil:  My friends know I am a fan of wearing makeup to the gym.  You never know who you might see!  Well this is a gym friendly makeup alternative.  It provides light coverage but can be built up by adding more layers.  I really liked how it felt on my skin.  It was almost like a tinted moisturizer but not greasy.  I really loved the soft glow it gave me and yes I will wear it to the gym!

Wei East China Herbal Intensive Eye Pads:  I used these pads for ten minutes as the instructions stated and was worried they would burn.  They didn't burn but in fact, felt soothing and cool.  When I took them off my skin was supple and I could notice some puffiness had gone down.  I don't sleep well with my crazy work schedule so these will be a great addition to my morning or nighttime regime.  The sample only came with one set of pads so I will be buying more!  If my eyes look this good after one use, I can't wait to see what they look like after a month of using them.  They would make a great holiday gift for someone who is often stressed.

Carol's Daughter Monoi Oil Sacred Strengthening Serum:  This oil is great for my damaged, colored, dry hair.  I have very thick hair so I can get away with using oil serum.  I used a little bit before styling my wet hair.  It didn't make my hair greasy but smooth.  I then curled my hair and added just a drop to my hands and ran it gently over my hair to give it a finishing touch.  It looked so smooth but didn't weigh my hair down.  The serum also had a pleasant scent to it which is always a plus. 

M Asam VinoLift Skin Tightening Cream: This cream was smooth without making your skin feel tight like it couldn't move.  I have tried tightening creams that were almost uncomfortable to wear and this one was completely different and supple.  I really liked how it left my skin feeling.  I wore it to bed and also under makeup. 

Trish McEvoy Eye Base Essentials in Bare:  This is the ultimate in a shadow primer.  This base left my skin looking brighter and made my shadow stay in place all day! No creases for me either.  I was in shock a little and tried it again the next day.  Yes it's true folks, shadow primers can work and Trish McEvoy figured out how!  Another good holiday gift for the makeup guru in your life who thinks they have everything. 

So now you can see why I was so excited about this review?  Great products all in one collection.  I would personally love to buy another one as I know my products will ALL be used. 

To find the Total Beauty Collection for HSN click here:



*I received a sample for review.

Pink Embrace Campaign and Giveaway


October is breast cancer awareness month.  I am proud to be a part of the Total Beauty Pink Embrace Campaign.  Pink Embrace is supporting Triple Step Toward the Cure, a non-profit organization that raises awareness of Triple Negative Breast Cancer. 

Triple Negative Breast Cancer is a subtype of breast cancer that is more difficult to treat and more likely to recur.  Triple Step Toward the Cure was founded by three woman that were personally affected by triple negative breast cancer.  The organization educates, supports, and empowers diagnosed and at-risk women.

 
As a part of this campaign to raise awareness, I will be giving away one Pink Embrace Collection.  The contest runs from October 1 to October 31st.  A winner will be chosen on November 1, 2013.  US only.  To enter, you must "like" Total Beauty shops on Facebook and then leave a comment.  For every "like", Total Beauty will donate a beauty product to Triple Step Toward the Cure to help women look and feel their best.

For the first step of your entry, click on the following link:  https://www.facebook.com/TotalBeautyShops?utm_source=MoodyMaria&utm_medium=Blogger&utm_campaign=PinkEmbrace

Then leave me a comment which your name and email address to contact you if you win.  Good luck and thank you for your support in the fight against breast cancer!






Sephora Collection Perfecting Ultra-Smoothing Primer Review

Sephora Collection Perfecting Ultra-Smoothing Primer


If you are looking for a reliable and somewhat inexpensive primer, choose the Sephora brand labeled as the Sephora Collection.  My friend Carol recommended it to me and I simply love it.  It has an airless pump so it is easy to distribute and I simply apply it with my fingers.  This primer preps your face so your foundation goes on smoothly and easily.  It claims to extend the wear of your foundation and I would have to agree.  I also think it makes my skin look smoother and more even toned.  It can be applied to the eye area.

*One note: I do wear this primer over my day cream with SPF.

There are several listed on the website but this one is the Perfecting Ultra-Smoothing primer. It sells for $15.00. This product is dermatologist tested, non-comedogenic, and free of parabens.

* I purchased this product.

Fall Shopping 2013

Check out this season's fashion essentials on both ends of the price spectrum
Steals & Splurges: The Ultimate Fall Shopping List
This is a TotalBeauty.com Fashion article
By the time fall rolls around, we can't wait to replenish our wardrobe with all of the essentials: leather jackets, slouchy sweaters, and knee-high boots are just a few of the items on our fall wish list. But more often than not, a whole new seasonal wardrobe is just not in our budget. That's why we rounded up this season's hottest trends on two different price points. Check out these splurge-worthy items at a price that'll make you feel like you stole it.

Nuance Salma Hayek Dual Phase Makeup Remover Review

As many of my friends know, I just love browsing the aisles at CVS.  I especially love being a member of the Beauty Club and earning rewards.  Recently, I found this amazing makeup remover.  It is called Nuance Salma Hayek Cucumber & Rosewater Dual Phase Makeup Remover. 

The bottle contains a watery liquid and a more oily substance which you must shake to make perform.  It is similar to a salad dressing that separates. 



I love this particular makeup remover for a few reasons:
  • It can be used all over the face and not make me break out
  •  It smells good and is pleasant to use
  •  It is strong enough to remove my long wear lipstick
  •  It is sort of fun to use!
I am already on my second bottle and it lasts a few months.  I will be definitely giving this as gifts to my besties for the holidays. 

*Listed as $7.99 on the CVS website but I got it on sale.

* I paid for this item myself.

Caudalie Divine Oil Review

The first post of 2013...how exciting! I am using my husband's IPad, sitting by the fire, and watching my kids play with Legos and watch Disney channel. The show, "Shake it Up" is actually pretty good! Anyhow, back to beauty!

I purchased my first Caudalie product from Sephora in December. I have been using the Divine Oil for a few weeks now. My skin is really dry and is craving moisture. I did a quick search on Sephora's website for facial oils. You would be amazed at how many exist! I decided to go with Caudalie because I remember Gwyneth Paltrow recommended this brand. I have a few idols and Gwynnie is among them.

I mentioned my dry skin. Well it was at the point of peeling when I applied foundation. I first used a cleansing powder in the shower and then quickly applied the Caudalie Divine Oil on my face, neck, and chest. It comes in a glass jar with a spray pump. I was worried I would drop it but thankfully haven't yet.

The oil is oh so divine. It smells great, feels great, and didn't make me break out at all. I admit I could use a bit more moisture but this stuff is wonderful. I just noticed the travel size is in sale so I might get another. I purchased mine in a travel kit that is now sold out. The large size is $48 which I would never buy. It does seem to last though. Despite the grooves in the bottle- be cautious and never store this standing upright in case it falls out of your cabinet onto a tile floor.  You may find yourself sopping it up with tears in your eyes.  I have mine in a drawer at an angle so it won't seep out and is easily accessible.

I am excited to now try some other Caudalie products. I am sure Gwynnie would be proud. I think her brother lives in my town so you never know when I might run into her!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  Here's to a great new year with happiness, good health, and happy memories. 

Wine Stained Lips

Afraid to venture into vampy, dark lipsticks? No Worries. This guide's got all you need to master the mulberry hues
Trend Alert: Wine-Stained Lips
This is a TotalBeauty.com makeup tips article
It's official: Wine-stained lips are this season's must-have look. But if diving into the world of gothic glamour seems completely foreign, take this crash course. It's got everything a dark lipstick newbie needs to feel comfortable flaunting a wine-colored pout.

Anastasia Beverly Hills 2012 Holiday Kits

I cannot believe that October is almost over and you know what that means, holiday shopping is almost here! It is never too early to start thinking about what to get the beauty lover in your life. And it is never too early to start a wish list! Make sure to add Anastasia Beverly Hills Holiday kits to your list.

I had the chance to preview the two kits: Want you to Want Me Eye Kit and the Kisses on My List Vol. 2 Lip Gloss set.

Here is a sneak peak:

Want You To Want Me Eye Shadow Palette


I just love this elegant and hip 70s inspired box set.

Look at all the gorgeous colors!

The kit contains: - 9 x 0.025 oz Eye Shadow in Platform Wedge, Members Only, Graphic T's, Iron on, Front Row Center, Ziggy, Brass in Pocket, Power Ballad, Jellies


- 0.085 oz Mini Clear Brow Gel

- 0.17 oz Liquid Eye Liner

To purchase it:
http://www.sephora.com/want-you-to-want-me-eye-shadow-palette-P375788


Kisses on my List Vol. 2


This set is limited edition so you might want to snag it early! The 2011 set sold out! It contains three sheer and three new Hypercolor glosses.




My favorite part of Anastasia glosses- the applicator.
  It is not a brush but a flat applicator which gives me more control.


To purchase this set:
http://www.sephora.com/kisses-on-my-list-volume-2-hydrafull-gloss-set-P375790

And here is some behind the scenes footage on these products in action.




*I received a sample for review.

Spa for Health?

Want to add years to your life? These six treatments will give you long-term benefits. Keep reading to see how
6 Beauty Treatments That Can Save Your Life
This is a TotalBeauty.com Health & beauty article
If getting pampered wasn’t appealing enough, here's another reason you should have regular spa days: Getting these six health and beauty treatments regularly can help you live a longer and happier life. See how adding these treatments to your routine can save your life now

Mama of the Month at This Little Mama



I am so excited and honored to be Mama of the Month over at This Little Mama.  I have been reading this blog ever since I met the amazing Elizabeth.  I am so happy she came into my life as I have learned so much about blogging, being a mama, Hollywood gossip, working out, party planning, monogramming, and so much more from her.  She is a creative and fun writer too so check out her blog.  I know you will love it as much as I do!

Here is the link to Mama of the Month:  http://www.thislittlemama.com/2012/08/30/jean-di-maria/

Thanks Elizabeth!

Fall 2012 Trends

Look fabulous this fall without splurging. See the seven fall looks you can DIY with amazing drugstore finds
7 Fall Trends You Can Achieve on The Cheap
This is a TotalBeauty.com face makeup article
YSL, Chanel, and Prada may rule the runway -- but you don't need these luxe labels' products to get the hottest fall looks. Recreate all the major fall trends --and save big -- by stocking up at your local drugstore. Mulberry lips, here we come!

ROC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream Review

I have been using lots of RoC products lately.  I am pretty amazed I didn't use them earlier in life.  I guess I wasn't convinced by the commercials, ads, awards, etc?  I guess I was just late to the game.

Not too late now.  I am still in my 40s.  I can still help correct some damage, right?  This new eye cream is one place to start since I have major issues with eye puffiness and fine lines.  I love this stuff!  I have been using it daily.  I can use it under my makeup too and it doesn't goop my foundation.  It gives just the right amount of moisture and it is sensitive. 

Anyhow, seriously ladies, go buy some!  It's a great eye cream and I hope they never stop making it.

http://www.rocskincare.com/



* I received a sample for review.

nuNAAT Silicon Collection Review


I just tried a great line called nuNAAT hair products.  I tested the Silicon collection because of the condition my hair is in - colored and dry.  This line heals damaged hair from the inside out.  It uses natural strengtheners like Ceramides and Keratin, plus shine enhancers like Silk and Pearl Proteins, in addition to the taming powers of Silicone combine to restore even the dullest, driest, most damaged hair.

I used the NAAT Silicon Healthy Restoration Moisturizing Shampoo first in the shower.  It really cleansed my hair and added a lot of moisture.  I followed it up with the NAAT Silicon Moisturizing Hair Mask.  I left this in while I shaved my legs and it was just about the right time to rinse it out.  My hair felt so thick and revitalized after using this mask.  I loved it! 

After my shower I added the NAAT Silicon Protective Leave-In conditioner.  It made my hair soft and easy to comb through with a wide tooth comb.  The instructions state to rinse it out but I tried it both ways and my hair could handle leaving it in all night.  I would suggest following the instructions for the best results. 

The next day I added some NAAT Silicon Hair Polishing Serum to style my hair with my curling iron.  I made sure to use just a little and then added some after I was done styling my hair and before using my final spritz of hairspray. 

After using the nuNAAT Silicon line I have noticed my hair is much smoother and easier to style in a straight hairstyle (not all crazy and frizzy).  It also helps my curls stay more conformed and smooth. 

Overall, it is a great line! For your convenience, nuNAAT® products can be purchased through a variety of retailers, including Walgreens, Walmart, Sally Beauty Supplies, Navarro Discount Pharmacy or online at Walgreens.com, drugstore.com and sallybeauty.com.


You can learn more at the website: http://www.nunaat.com/ or visit them on Facebook or Twitter



*I received a sample for review

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